Russia has told internet providers to enforce a block against encrypted email provider ProtonMail, the company’s chief has confirmed. The block was ordered by the state Federal Security Service, formerly the KGB, according to a Russian-language blog, which obtained and published the order aft…
It obviously makes no sense to block the mail system if you disagree with some of the letters sent. The deceptive method of blocking used here, targeting the back-end servers so that mail traffic simply gets ignored, while Russian Protonmail users still seemingly can access the service, is another sign that they’d rather not let you know blocking goes on at all. This is an action against end-to-end encryption.
The obvious answer is to use more end-to-end encryption, and so increase the cost of surveillance and repression. Use my protonmail address as listed on the right, or use PGP using my public key on the right to contact me. Other means of reaching me with end-to-end encryption are the messaging apps Signal and Threema, as well as Keybase (listed on the right as well).
Good to hear Protonmail, next to their own encryption, now also supports PGP.
You don’t need encryption you say? Apart from that itself being debatable (after all you do expect encryption for a wide range of your online transactions), think of it as herd immunity. If only those who need encryption to be safe (investigative journalists for instance, or dissidents) use it, that in itself makes them a visible target. The more normal it is to use encryption, the more it helps those whose lives depend on it. Don’t think that is a remote issue. In the EU for instance, journalists do get murdered when investigating corruption and fraud.